Job Details

Senior Grants and Contracts Manager Counsel

Company name

Foundation for the National Institutes of Health, Inc.

Organization Type

Public Interest

Job Type


Date Last Verified

Sep 14,2018

Posted on

Mar 30,2018

Years of Experience

Min 5 yrs required


Bethesda, MD
Practice Area
Contract Law >> Contract Law
Environmental and Land Use >> Environmental and Land Use
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Senior Grants and Contracts Manager / Counsel The candidate will work with colleagues in a timely manner to develop a project's overall contractual structure so that the full suite of potential agreements and obligations is laid out and well understoond. Will prepare, draft and negotiate the terms and conditions of contractual agreements, particularly instruments that support biomedical research initiatives, including research collaboration agreements, scientific service agreements, confidentiality agreements, clinical trial agreements and data sharing agreements. From time to time, prepare, draft and negotiate other contracts such as grant agreements, general service contracts, donor agreements and memoranda of understanding with the NIH. Understand the firm’s policies and contractual stances. Analyze terms proposed by counterparties which may be inconsistent with the firm’s stances and discuss their implications with the project/business owners. Facilitate the execution and delivery of completed contracts. Ensure they are stored appropriately and relevant staff are made aware of the obligations that must be fulfilled. As appropriate, assist project/business owners to track firm and counterparty compliance with existing agreements. Close out contracts once obligations are fulfilled and/or agreements are terminated. Work with the Operations Department to analyze the firm’s existing agreements, refine contract templates (including default provisions and alternative language) and work with key staff to generate consensus on new template language. Recommend policies for negotiating key contractual clauses, develop checklists/protocols for analyzing instruments drafted by counterparties and format templates into a consistent form. Develop a sophisticated understanding of the firm’s insurance coverages. Identify ways to mitigate gaps related to contractual risks (e.g. through additional insurance or transfer of risk). Provide thought leadership into contract formation, administration and technology. Lead projects as appropriate to implement improvements. Provide excellent customer service to project/business owners. Be responsive, efficient and friendly with counterparties. Perform additional duties as required.

Qualification and Experience

The candidate should have Bachelor’s degree is essential. An advanced degree (e.g. JD) is desirable. Should have 5+ years as a contracts officer (or as lawyer working with contracts) is required. Experience negotiating and completing contracts in the biomedical research sphere (in particular, clinical trial and data sharing agreements) and understanding and interpreting general and biomedical insurance coverages is highly desirable. Knowledge of laws and regulations pertinent to the firm as a public charity, international giving requirements, and grants and contracts management practices is desirable. Knowledge of basic computer programs (e.g., Microsoft Office) is required. Contracts/grants database experience is desirable.

Company info

Hiring Coordinator
Foundation for the National Institutes of Health, Inc.
9650 Rockville Pike
Bethesda, MD 20814

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